The birth of the museum - history, theory, politics.

By: Bennett, Tony, 1947-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Culture : policies and politics.Publisher: London : Routledge, 1995Description: x,278p. : ill. ; 24cm. (pbk).ISBN: 0415053889.Subject(s): Museums and Galleries | Museums | Museums-Management-Social aspects | Politics and culture | Museum techniques | Museums-PhilosophyDDC classification: 069BEN
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<p>In a series of richly detailed case studies from Britian, Australia and North America, Tony Bennett investigates how nineteenth- and twentieth-century museums, fairs and exhibitions have organized their collections, and their visitors.</p> <p>Discussing the historical development of museums alongside that of the fair and the international exhibition, Bennett sheds new light upon the relationship between modern forms of official and popular culture.</p> <p>Using Foucaltian perspectives The Birth of the Museum explores how the public museum should be understood not just as a place of instruction, but as a reformatory of manners in which a wide range of regulated social routines and performances take place.</p> <p>This invigorating study enriches and challenges the understanding of the museum, and places it at the centre of modern relations between culture and government.nbsp; For students of museum, cultural and sociology studies, this will be an asset to their reading list.</p>